[ ig-zaj-uh-rey-shuh n ]
/ ɪgˌzædʒ əˈreɪ ʃən /


the act of exaggerating or overstating.
an instance of exaggerating; an overstatement: His statement concerning the size of his income is a gross exaggeration.

Origin of exaggeration

1555–65; < Latin exaggerātiōn- (stem of exaggerātiō), equivalent to exaggerāt(us) (see exaggerate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·ex·ag·ger·a·tion, nouno·ver·ex·ag·ger·a·tion, nounself-ex·ag·ger·a·tion, noun
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Word Origin and History for exaggeration



1560s, from Latin exaggerationem (nominative exaggeratio), noun of action from past participle stem of exaggerare (see exaggerate).

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